Patrick Callahan

Senior Consultant

Patrick Callahan, Senior Consultant


An expert executive coach and facilitator, Patrick has supported strategic leaders and their organizations around the world, and worked throughout manufacturing, telecommunications, transportation, government, healthcare, retail, and nonprofit sectors. He is board-certified in coaching and in clinical psychology, has worked with high-performers from senior professional levels to the most senior executives, and has been coaching at the C-Suite level for almost a decade.


Patrick was recruited into the world of executive coaching over a decade ago due to his unusual experience as both a clinical psychologist and a proven leader in high stress and high performance environments. In addition to his work with TMCG, Patrick maintains an active affiliation with the top-ranked, Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), and travels widely for them as an executive coach working with leaders, at multiple levels, from within organizations ranging from Fortune 100 companies, to nonprofit corporations with assets in the billions. A former Green Beret, Patrick now coaches other elite military special operators through his work at the United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School in Ft Bragg, NC. He also maintains an active full scope polygraph TS/SCI security clearance which facilitates other work within the intelligence community, from operator through Senior Executive Service levels. Patrick grew up in New England, and attended Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, MA. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and three children.

Sector/Functional Experience

Before entering the world of executive coaching, Patrick’s primary industry experiences were in the military as a Special Forces officer or Green Beret, and in healthcare as a clinical psychologist. Patrick joined the military after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and served for nearly a decade in infantry and special operations units. Previously, he spent a decade in clinical psychology, including teaching positions at New York University, Cabrini Medical Center, and Bellevue Hospital Center.

Coaching Approach

Patrick’s comfort optimizing human performance in extreme situations, experience living and working in the Middle East, and familiarity with multiple languages, enrich his individual and team coaching across the public, private and nonprofit sectors with their increasing demand for global, culturally-astute change. Helping leaders identify and overcome relative vulnerabilities is a particular area of specialization.

Facilitation & Teambuilding Approach

Patrick approaches both facilitation and teambuilding as relationships—often using proportional vulnerability as a way to build trust rapidly and authentically. From there, recognizing that every client is unique, he develops a customized approach and operational plan which guides the journey forward. Developing metrics, formal or informal, is another key step which generates indicators that help determine how and when to end the engagement including how client growth is sustained and development continues.

Relevant Coaching Assignments

  • CEO, national non-profit with over $5B in assets, new role. Focus: navigate rapid ascension from within, lead former peers, and develop optimal relationships with a politically powerful, diverse board.
  • Director, Fortune 500 automotive manufacturer. Focus: rapidly assess and improve relationship with immediate supervisor, identify, and align allies to support promotion/assignment, and improve efficiency via enhanced delegation and time-saving techniques.
  • CFO, privately held, global manufacturing company, with over $6B in annual revenue, expatriate assignment. Focus: rapidly assess and maximally motivate diverse team, identify and utilize political allies on board of directors, and align sustainable work-life balance within new corporate culture.

Relevant Facilitation & Teambuilding Assignments

  • Senior Leadership Team, Financial Services. Focus: build trust amongst team members and develop a team culture in which giving and receiving honest, actionable feedback is normative and vital to driving business imperatives.
  • Executive Leadership Team, Regional Power Utility. Focus: improve team cohesion and efficiency in context of new executive leader and impending organizational re-design; facilitate organizational re-design.

Education & Professional Affiliations

  • Licensed psychologist, Board-certified in psychology (ABPP)
  • Coaching certification (BCC); Certified in over twenty-five assessments
  • PhD and MA in Clinical Psychology, New York University
  • BA, Pomona College in Claremont, CA (graduated summa cum laude; member of Phi Beta Kappa, Psi Chi, and Cum Laude National Honor Societies)
  • Lifetime member of the Special Forces Association